Discover the Regions

Veneto

Overview

Considered one of the busiest regions in Italy, travelers often base their trip to Italy around visiting Venice, and rightly so.

Discover – City of Masks

The canaled filled city often takes top rank in terms of dream destinations, but it’s the surrounding area that truly offers a wealth of opportunity, especially for tourist willing to venture out of its capital city. Situated on the Adriatic between Lombardia and Friuli Venezia Giulia, the Veneto offers some of Italy’s greatest cultural and geographical treasures.

The city of Verona, a historical Roman town that’s been fused with Renaissance architecture, provides a great introduction to the region. Home to Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the rather infamous balcony is worth a visit for literary fans. The city is also home to one of the largest Roman arenas within the Italy. The ancient theater plays host to yearly operatic performances that rank among the best in the world.

For those looking to escape the city and embrace nature, Veneto provides a wealth of opportunity. Home to one of the largest lakes in Italy, Lago di Garda, acts as a great alternative to some of the busier lakes in neighboring Lombardia. Adventure seekers can engage in a multitude of sports, with the lake catering to everything from hiking to mountain biking and parasailing.

Further north is the ski resort of Cortina d’Ampezo, considered one of the most luxurious in Italy, acts a great addition to any trip to the Veneto. More famously known for having hosted the Olympics in 1956, this small town acts as a great introduction for those looking for something different during their Italian vacation. Cortina d’Ampezo provides the perfect mix of people watching with just the right amount of alpine activity.

A visit to the Veneto wouldn’t be complete without experiencing its world famous capital. Once home to the Venetian empire, Venice provides an almost surreal experience for visitors. Its maze of canals and Palazzi almost seem lost in time, with only the noise of passing boats reminding you of the present. Gondola rides provide one of the best ways to see the city, devoid of the crowd filled streets, exploring Venice through its network of canals is a truly memorable experience.

St Mark’s Basilica and The Palazzo Ducale, both located within St Mark’s square act as a great first step when visiting the city. Centrally located, the two monuments provide an impressive introduction to Venice and its storied history.

Visit – The Soave

With a pleasant climate, devoid of the harsher, northern Alpine weather, the Veneto has become Italy’s largest wine producer, creating some of the country’s most noted vintages.

The Amarone appellation is a DOCG zone in Valpolicella, while the Soave wine region, a world renowned area for white wines, has become one of the largest producers in the Veneto. Sharing the spotlight with Pinot Grigio and Chianti, the area’s use of the Gargonega grape has helped it receive a DOCG designation.

Taste – Italian Sweet tooth

With such a varied geography, the Veneto’s cuisine has become distinguished by its countryside and the agricultural resources available. While many traditional dishes have emerged from the region, it’s the more contemporary culinary creations that have left their mark on Italian cuisine. Tiramisu, a coffee flavored custard dessert, and one of Italy’s most famous dishes, has its roots in the Veneto. While some will argue that Friuli Venezia Giulia may have been the progenitor, the dish shares a strong tradition with the Veneto region. Originating at Le Beccherie restaurant in Treviso, the dish has gone on to become quintessential fare after any Italian dinner.

Beef Carpaccio, thinly sliced beef with a sauce comprised of mayonnaise and tomatoes, is another of the Veneto’s more contemporary dishes to have left a mark on Italian cuisine.  Created at the now famous Harry’s Bar in Venice, the dish has its origins from a discerning client unable to eat cooked meat. The now famous meal has become an incredibly popular starter throughout Italy.

Wines

Flagship wine grapes

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Corvina
  • Friulano
  • Garganega
  • Glera
  • Merlot
  • Molinara
  • Moscato
  • Pinot Grigio
  • Rondinella
  • Trebbiano

Flagship wine appellations

  • Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG
  • Bardolino Superiore DOCG
  • Bianco di Custoza DOC
  • Colli Euganei Fior d’Arancio DOCG
  • Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
  • Lison DOCG
  • Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG
  • Soave Superiore DOCG
  • Valpolicella DOC
  • Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore DOC
  • Venezia DOC
  • Vicenza DOC

Activities

Wine-related activities in the region

  • Wine and food pairing
  • Discovery ride
  • Wine Tasting
  • Cellar visit